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In preparation for the full-scale invasion, Russia started gathering troops on the Ukrainian border in April 2021. Their numbers were higher than at any time since 2014, when the Russian military aggression against Ukraine began. By mid-February 2022, almost 190,000 Russian troops had been waiting near Ukrainian borders, and on February 24, they moved into Ukrainian land, bringing only death and destruction.

Since the first days of the full-scale war, the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine has been publishing daily reports about the situation on the frontline and the total combat losses of the enemy, which grow bigger every day.

Russia had lost more than 360,000 soldiers in Ukraine as of January 1, 2024.

According to Ukraine’s commander-in-chief, General Valerii Zaluzhnyi, by November 2022, at least 150,000 of them were killed. “In any other country such casualties would have stopped the war,” Zaluzhny said. But with Russia, that is not the case.

How many Russian tanks were destroyed in Ukraine?

As of January 1, 2024, Russian tank losses in Ukraine reached 5983 units, in addition to 11087 lost armored personnel vehicles. Many of those were destroyed by Ukrainian defenders (and some even got stolen by Ukrainian farmers) and left on Ukrainian land as Russian troops were retreating from the Kyiv, Kharkiv, or Kherson regions, destined to be turned into scrap metal.

In more than 22 months of full-scale war, Ukrainian forces also managed to destroy 23 Russian warships and boats, including the infamous “Moskva”, the flagship of the Russian Black Sea Fleet, as well as one submarine.

What are the Russian aircraft losses in Ukraine?

329 Russian plains and 324 helicopters were shot down by the start of 2024. 

In addition, Russian combat losses include more than 1,7 thousand cruise missiles and more than 6,6 thousand UAVs.

Ukrainian air defense forces work all across the country to destroy Russian missiles and drones regularly aimed at civilian objects and densely populated areas of cities. In the first eight days of 2024 alone, Russia has launched about 125 missiles and more than 400 airstrikes on different regions of Ukraine, according to the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.